Jaipur: Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday filed nomination papers as a Congress candidate for the by-poll to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
86-year-old Singh filed four sets of nomination papers in the chamber of Returning Officer in the Rajasthan Assembly.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy CM Sachin Pilot and several Congress leaders were present on the occasion.
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This seat fell vacant in June this year following the demise of BJP Member Madan Lal Saini.
The Congress is confident of the former PM making it to the Upper House of the Parliament from Rajasthan, where it won Assembly polls in last December.
Rajasthan Assembly has 200 seats but currently there are 198 MLAs and two seats are vacant. Congress has 100 MLAs and also enjoys the outside support of 12 out of 13 independents and the legislators of BSP.
The academician-turned politician was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades.
Manmohan Singh was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country’s Prime Minister for two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2014.